Reviews and Blog Posts: Fantasy

Plaza Voices: Películas de ciencia ficción y fantasía

Cover of Sleep Dealer/Traficante de Sueños, available from DPL

This week, our regular contributor Desiree S. writes:

Robots! Aliens! Time travel? What do these things share in common (other than being awesome)? They are all subjects of movies you can check out at DPL while also improving your Spanish speaking skills.

The screaming staircase

by Jonathan Stroud

Reviewer Rating:
5

The audio book version was terrifically performed!

Maddy West and the tongue taker

by Brian Falkner

Reviewer Rating:
3

   Maddy West has an incredible gift-she can speak any language in the world after hearing someone speak it. This makes her a valuable friend to Kazuki her Japanese pal and also makes her sought after by evil forces. Falkner does take some plot liberties here and there  and as...

Kilt Tease

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Planning an Outlander party to swoon with other fans? ​

Guid gear comes in sma' bulk!

Good things come in small packages and your wee library card connects you to the World. Checkout the following resources to create a party worthy of the Scottish Highlands, even if you haven't read all eight books in the series!

Magic strikes

by Ilona Andrews

Reviewer Rating:
4

Looking for a new Urban Fantasy series with lots of action and just enough romance? Ilona Andrews delivers. In their (they are a husband/wife writing team) third installment in the Kate Daniels series, Kate fights for her friend in the Midnight Games, a forbidden survival-of-the-magical-fittest contest. But she doesn't count...

Finnikin of the rock

by Melina Marchetta

Reviewer Rating:
4

I recently overheard a sister tell her brother that Finnikin of the Rock was her favorite book as they were picking out their SOR prizes.  Finnikin is the story of a land that has been invaded.  The ruling king’s family along with many of the inhabitants has been slain and...

The glass sentence

by S. E. Grove

Reviewer Rating:
4

What if the world was divided not only by countries, but by eras in time as well? This is what happens to the Earth after the Great Disruption which leaves North America with multiple eras- from an ice age to Boston in 1891. Sophia is part of a family of...

Look Below The Surface of Sci-Fi and Fantasy

A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.

Beasts of the southern wild

Reviewer Rating:
5

This powerful movie tells a story from the perspective of six-year-old Hushpuppy, who lives with her father “Wink” in their southern Louisiana Bayou community called “the Bathtub”. It follows Hushpuppy as life as she knows it in the Bayou starts to fall apart. The Bathtub is hit by a hurricane...

2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award

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The 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award and Honor List were recently announced. The Tiptrees are an "annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" and are probably my favorite book award.

While this year's winner, Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, currently has limited availability in the United States, check out the British publisher's website for options. We'll be on the lookout for a U.S. edition to get for the library.

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